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Chest x-ray E (basic)

  • this is a basic article for medical students and non-radiologists

Chest x-ray review is a key competency for medical students, junior doctors and other allied health professionals.

Using A, B, C, D, E is a helpful and systematic method for chest x-ray review where E refers to "everything else".

Everything else

At the end of the review, you need to remember to check for other things that don't fall into the A-D categories. This includes free gas within the abdomen (pneumoperitoneum), abnormalities in the soft tissues of the thorax including absent breast shadows.

Pathology
  • pneumoperitoneum
  • mastectomy
  • surgical emphysema
  • pectus excavatum
  • thoracic foreign bodies

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